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April 3, 2014

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Worthy Investment: With an average 20-year net return of $736,200, Rose-Hulman ranks seventh nationally in PayScale, Inc.’s 2014 College Return on Investment Report. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

A Rose-Hulman education is a worthy investment, ranking seventh nationally, with a 20-year net return of $736,200, according to PayScale, Inc.’s 2014 College Return on Investment (ROI) Report. PayScale examined the return on investment at 911 colleges and universities, comparing costs to median alumni earnings over the first 20 years after graduation.

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Head Cary Laxer, PhD, has been nominated to the executive committee of ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission. This is a three-year commitment.

Nearly 60 alumni, parents of current students, and other institute friends attended a Rose On The Road event in the Washington, D.C., area on March 29. President Jim Conwell brought the attendees up to date on campus developments and strategic plan implementation.

The Office of Career Services reports the Class of 2014 currently has a 73 percent job placement rate (full-time employment; military commitment; graduate school). A total of 80 companies are planning to attend the Spring Career Fair on April 16 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the fieldhouse area of the Sports and Recreation Center. Faculty members should encourage students to seek full time, internship, and co-op positions.

This week’s AQIP campus visit (April 2-4) promotes opportunities for continuous improvement and learning for the institute. It is an important step in the accreditation process for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Approximately 60 prospective ethnic students and family members are expected to attend a special Senior Weekend event on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. A welcome reception is planned from 4-5 p.m. in the Kahn Room of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. The event has been organized by the Office of Admissions with assistance from the student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

The Office of Admissions is hosting a campus visitation day program on Friday, April 4, for high school juniors–starting the recruitment for the 2015-16 freshman class.

Physics and Optical Engineering Professor Sudipa Kirtley, PhD, has received funding for project work at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source. The project covers the topic “Elucidation of Sulfur Chemical Structures in Varied Forms of Petroleum Asphaltenes.” She also was co-author on two papers: “Sulfur Speciation in Kerogen and Bitumen from Gas and Oil Shales” (Organic Geochemistry journal) and “Sulfur Chemistry of Asphaltenes from a Highly Compositionally Graded Column” (Energy and Fuels).

The campus community is once again supporting the American Red Cross’ Wabash Valley chapter by conducting a Save The Day event on May 3. Rose-Hulman students can be hired for $10 per hour to complete a variety of home or business projects. No task is too big or too small. Project hosts must provide all materials and equipment. There is a minimum of two students per project and the task must last at least two hours. The minimum expense would be $40 per project. Persons should call the Office of Student Affairs (ext. 8472) to place a work order. Each assignment must have a contact person, address, e-mail and telephone contacts and a description of the project to be completed. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross’ Wabash Valley chapter, courtesy of Rose-Hulman’s student community.

The Human Powered Vehicle Team is preparing for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ East Coast Regional, taking place April 11-13 in Orlando (hosted by University of Central Florida). The team has won 10 of the past 12 regional competitions. A new vehicle is developed each year for the competition.

There are still openings for the final Intercultural Communication Workshop I session, being held on Friday, April 5, from 2:30-4:15 p.m., in Room O-169 of the Olin Advanced Learning Center. Register through Center for Diversity Director Luanne Tilstra, PhD, at

There are approximately 250 international students enrolled in courses for the spring academic quarter.
Intercultural Communications Consultant Milton Bennett, PhD, is planning to visit campus on Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8, to review responses to a recent campus survey that examined the climate for diversity respect.

The baseball team, coached by Jeff Jenkins, has won nine straight games, including the first seven games of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Overall, the team has a 12-4 record for the season. The team’s next home game is scheduled on Tuesday, April 8 against Anderson University, starting at 6 p.m.

The Office of Global Programs has started a buddy program for current students to assist visiting international students to get adjusted to living on campus and American culture.


All faculty and staff members are invited to learn more about what’s happening on campus by attending the Rose Exchange meetings each Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m., in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.